Cross Currents from Cairns
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Arone Meeks Cross Currents Series 19 2009
Mono print on Arches paper 1180 x 800mm Paper $2990
These works were created late November/December, working with master print maker Theo Tremblay. Cairns
The idea of using the title “Crosscurrent” was one of the coming of the big wet season and how it marks the journey of new
life after the rains as well as the migration of birdlife to this area of far north Queensland.
A lot of images used in the mono’s are symbolic. Those of circles are not of sun and moon, but that of freshwater and
saltwater. Many of the figures are representing Bush Spirits/mangroves and my namesake Arone, meaning crane
(bird/man).The two types of woven bags are typical of this area and the material used, lawyer cane, can be sourced through
the rainforest to produce the bi-corneal basket. Both this bag and the dillybag are symbols of the womb, the canoes a
metaphor for a vehicle for which to travel back to the dreaming and an ever present connection. The figures which are
resting on the earth have not only marked the end of their song but are becoming features of the landscape.